Hip Pain

Common Complaints, Causes, Diagnosis, Treatment And How Physical Therapy Can Help

Typical Complaints

“My hip feels like it gives way”

“I get snapping over my hip”

“It hurts when I lie on my side”

“I have pain when I walk too far or go up or down the stairs”

Common Causes

When the hip joint is overused or has had excessive stress, there can be damage to the hip’s ligaments, muscles, cartilage, or labrum (tissue lining the rim of the hip socket). Research consistently shows that the following contribute to most hip complaints:

  • Overuse
  • Poor mechanics
  • Excessive twisting
  • Genetics
  • Sitting in unusual positions (including W sitting) or for long periods of time
  • Groin pain with tasks such as going up and down stairs
  • Walking in the mall
  • Fitness activities such as running or aerobics

Common Diagnosis

  •  Hip Arthritis
  • Hip acebulum labral tear
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Stress fractures (pubic ramus, femoral neck)
  • Sports hernia
  • Childhood injuries (slipped capital femoral epiphysis, Leggs Calves Perthes disease, avulsion fractures)
  • Muscle strains
  • Traumatic hip and pelvis fractures
  • Sciatica/piriformis syndrome

Common Treatments

Often hip pain can be referred from your low back, your physical therapist will thoroughly screen both areas to pinpoint the true cause of your pain.

Along with skilled manual therapy, individualized stretching and strengthening and patient education, we may incorporate methods such as therapeutic aqua therapy, medicine and Swiss balls, electric stimulation, ultrasound or ice/heat. Our goal is to quickly restore your function, relieve your pain and get you back to your favorite activities.

We can help relieve your pain.

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